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Old 06-24-2007
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Hydrolocked my truck. please help.

hit a puddle TOO hard ... i cant believe i was dumb enough to hit it that hard ... truck shut down immediately. it has happened before, but, not this bad.

i got pulled out and we popped the hood. airbox was full. checked my oil ... no water. so we started pullin plugs... on the right side, all 3 were wet. on the left side, the back two were wet and the front was dry. cranked the engine a couple times, water poured out of the pistons. got everything dried off and put the plugs / wires back on (6 hours later)

started up the truck, it was running sh**** (as expected). got it on the road, and it was a very bumpy, rough ride. I think only 5 of my pistons are firing. Also, I don't have an air filter in. I'm buying one tomorrow. the wire on the left front plug seems to be the problem. I think we broke off the clip that holds it on... the wire will not stay on the plug, so I'm pretty sure that's why it's running like crap.

Any suggestions? My plan for tomorrow - new plugs, new wires, new air filter, and an oil change.

Anything else I should do?

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Hows the tranny? An automatic has a vent tube that can take in water. A Manual is pretty self contained.

I think what you are doing will answer the question on the engine. Good luck man. I hope it turns out ok.
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talk to l2en..he knows all about it..lol
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ya it was something like that ... but i didnt make it up at the end... stuck right in the middle of the hole and water came in the cab...
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dude that sucks atleast you got it runnin, shoot when i hydrolocked my 92 ranger it wouldnt even pup the water out of the cylinders it was so fawkd up adn them i lost 3 pistons warped a head(dont know how that happens ) and the cam lobes were about crank shaft was cracked in multiple places. <--- all happened after we got it running. i would be very cautios
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yeah ik. my buddy told me to get an oil change ASAP or ill be putting my pistons at risk.
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Time to call up your insurance company
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^^ haha u kno that all to well dont u travis
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Old 06-25-2007
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changed the oil, put sea foam in the crankcase, changed the plugs, changed the wires, and got a new airfilter ... running strong now.
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Glad to hear it man. Always good to see another saved from the brink of death.
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I would go ahead and check the compression as well just in case it might have damaged it as well. Just a sugestion though.
Glad shes running good again. How did you manage to get all that water in there? Were you muddin or going trough a lake? lol
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just hit a large puddle too hard... here's a picture ...
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im suprised i didnt mess up my truck more than i did.. i hit a big puddle like yall, after trying to start it in the puddle, 3hours later when i finally got pulled out, i got it running.. ran like **** but it ran..

good job on the save, go back and hit it again..slower this time :)
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hahahaha. I'm installing a custom snorkel end of this week, THEN i'll hit it lol
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hahahaha. I'm installing a custom snorkel end of this week, THEN i'll hit it lol

I installed a snorkel shortly after l2en hit that puddle above. Watching him do that scared the hell out of me especially since I was only 2 trucks behind him and I was planning on going through it.
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Time to call up your insurance company
*** edited due to my mistake in not finding ALL the related posts that I based my comments on ***

Please accept my apologies Travis. That was the one post that I had not seen.

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Calling your insurance company if they will cover it can be a good thing. It worked for Travis he was honest with them and told them what he did.

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I called esurance and told them I was out on a trail and got into some water. I explained the situation and they're gonna have someone come out and look at it. They said it might be covered under comp. I'll find out shortly.


**Edited so someone doesn't fell worse than they already do**

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Old 06-27-2007
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Travis didn't scam his insurance company. He was honest with them and told them what he did. Atleast I assume he was honest when he posted this.



I had to go look it up because I thought Travis was more of an honest guy than someone to claim a fraudulent claim.


he didn't do anythign illegal.....hell if they want to pay for the repairs, then great for him.....my insurance would laugh at me (state farm), and i would expect them to, but good for him!
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My post has been edited, with a request for Travis to accept my apologies. Sorry for being an ***hole.
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I did the same thing in a mud puddle and the engine would not run any higher than idle.... my k&n was covered in mud, i pulled the panty hose off and it was clean no mud, she ran perfect.....
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i would check the diff too my dad bought a 250 that was in a flood and the diff was all full of water im pretty sure that the 250 was under water longer than your truck but just thought id throw that idea out there.
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My post has been edited, with a request for Travis to accept my apologies. Sorry for being an ***hole.
lol

Man, I'm gone for a week and ppl are fighting about me. haha.

The area that we were in had alot of the roads named, state roads. Either way it was covered under comprehensive. I honestly didn't expect them to pay for it but figured it was worth a shot considering how bad they burned me on my last truck*no pun intended*

It never hurts to ask.
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I sucked water in mine two times but never had it shut down like that....thank God.

Shortly after I took a afternoon to whip this up.Now I can drive through water holes pushin water up the hood {did it weds!}.
http://www.mustangmods.com/ims/u/743/949/139019.jpg
http://www.mustangmods.com/ims/u/743/949/139021.jpg
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Shortly after I took a afternoon to whip this up.Now I can drive through water holes pushin water up the hood {did it weds!}.
http://www.mustangmods.com/ims/u/743/949/139019.jpg
http://www.mustangmods.com/ims/u/743/949/139021.jpg
Whipped it up huh? Come up with that yourself?
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